Madison HusaMr. WhickerEnglish 151March 5, 2012
Online Instruction VS. Discourse CommunityBefore you can blink it seems that there is some new part of technology that hasadvanced. Whether it is from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s, a MacBook Pro to anIpad, or Skype to Facetime the advancement of technology keeps changing, but withchange is it really beneficial for the common good. Take the well-known discussion ofdiscourse communities, if everything starts to become based on using technology likethe advancement of being able to take courses online; does that still fall in the lines ofwhat is considered a discourse community? Taking an online class can be beneficialand really help any person with convenience, but is it still providing the same benefitsthat it would be to be
in a class and to have that “discourse community.” In Kleine,
Porter, and Swales article they give a great description and help to what is considereda discourse community and what characteristics really form one.Porter defines a discourse community a
s, “a group of individuals bound by a
common interest who communicate through approved channels and whose discourseis regulated. An individual may belong to several professional, public, or personal
discourse communities.” (Porter, 91).
This is a broader definition, but when digging
deeper into what more it contains, Swale‟s article,
The Concept of Discourse Community
will do that. There is always more discussion or even confusion thatcomes with discourse communities, but in his article it helps to clear things up.
In John Swale‟s article,
The Concept of Discourse Community,
he further goesinto detail and clarification of what a discourse community entails and proposes six